2019 TAKING INVENTORY OF YESTERDAY
2020: A Clear Vision For The New Year – Part 2
January 5, 2019
“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained.” (Philippians 3:12-16 )
Three Areas Where We Need To Take Inventory:
- The past. (yesterday) “But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind …” (Philippians 3:13 b)
Look/reflect on the past year, but don’t stay there!
Learn from it.
Forget some things.
- The present. (today) “But one thing I do …” (Philippians 3:13 b)
We need to be focused.
We need to give up some things.
We need to fully commit.
- The future. (tomorrow) “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14 )
We have a high calling.
We have a holy calling.
We have a heavenly calling.
Lessons We Can Learn About Yesterday:
"For inquire, please, of bygone ages, and consider what the fathers have searched out. For we are but of yesterday and know nothing, for our days on earth are a shadow.” (Job 8:8-9 )
- Yesterday teaches us about us.
“For we are but of yesterday and know nothing, for our days on earth are a shadow.” (Job 8:9 )
- Yesterday teaches us about God.
“For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.” (Psalm 90:4 )
- Yesterday teaches us about Jesus.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.” (Hebrews 13:8-9 )